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The Comedy 2012

  • Rick Alverson
  • November 9, 2012
  • 95 mins
  • English
  • Drama
Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson has been insulated his whole life by the bubble of privilege. He and his hipster friends live in a tepid social paradise, a.k.a. Williamsburg, where their good fortune breeds indifference and recreational cruelty. They pacify their discontent with games of mock sincerity and irreverence, as though humor itself were dying and had nothing left to do but turn on itself. Testing limits to break through their numbness, they act out like spoiled children – with ironic beards and beer bellies.


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I dont think it'd be a stretch to call this one of the most relevant and brilliant films of the past 20 years. Heidecker delivers an amazing performance as Swanson, a man perhaps iconic of a generation, desensitized to everything through his own psychological defence of irony and indulgence. The film is neither satire nor, 'ironically', actually a comedy. It's an apocalyptic observation of a certain trend in our society, as we watch Swanson trying to desperately 'feel' something. The only solution comes in the form of the film's ending, which I won't spoil, but does give a small amount of closure. Alverson perfectly manages to capture the few remaining ounces of humanity in Swanson, and the frequent contrast of the characters against modernist American symbolism is a great touch.

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A long drawn out silly movie. Kinda dry.

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